As one of the most talented Arizona prospects in the 2015 class, Brian Lewerke unofficially visited Arizona State a couple of weekends ago and said that having an extended period of time to visit with the Sun Devil coaches made this the best visit to Tempe for him so far.
"Everytime I was there it was hard to really sit down and talk (at length) with the coaches," Lewerke explained. "At camp they had a lot of other recruits to talk to and when I went there during games they were obviously very busy preparing for the game and all that stuff. So this time it was good talking to Coach Graham and Coach Norvell for a long period of time about my future here and what it would be like if I played there. It was more personalized.
"I really like all the facilities there and their plans for the new stadium are pretty cool."
As he sat down and broke down film with ASU's Offensive Coordinator Mike Norvell, Lewerke was pleased to see the strong similarity between the scheme that both the Sun Devils and the Pioneers run.
"We talked about the read option and how many different things you can run from it," Lewerke described. "Because I run the same stuff in high school we talked about how I would fit here with that. It was just talking a lot of football and how you can beat a defense in so many different ways."
Not only locally, but also regionally, the Pioneers' standout is making his mark. According to Scout.com's National Recruiting analyst, Greg Biggins, The 6-2 187-pound Lewerke was one of the top quarterbacks in attendance at an Elite 11 Regional Camp last month in Los Angeles. Biggins added that the signal caller got stronger from last year and looked more comfortable as the camp went on as his release looked tighter and he was able to spin the ball better as well.
"Coach Norvell said that my arm strength was superb," Lewerke commented, "and that I have the legs to get job done on the ground. I'm not a huge burner there but I can get the first down if I need it.
"I know that I'm not just a pocket passer and I do consider myself a dual threat quarterback. I want to do a better job reading defenses before I make the play so I can make adjustments at the line. I'm still learning how to do that and that is probably the biggest improvement I want to make. I'd also like to add some weight so I can get to 200 lbs."
Lewerke is looking forward to his senior year at Pinnacle and feels that his 2013 campaign is a good building block for the future.
"Personally I feel I had a good year and so did my team," Lewerke remarked. "I think we fell a little short in the playoffs because we didn't make it to the state championship. We have a lot of good talent coming back and we can have a better season this year." Lewerke admitted that he knows his recruiting process will have to be accelerated and that he won't have the luxury as other position players who can take a few official visits before making their decision.
"Now is definitely the time to start thinking about my decision," Lewerke noted. "Staying close to home would be nice because I will get to see my family, but I'm still open to other options."
Besides Arizona State, the quarterback visited UCLA, Washington, and Arizona. He added that Oregon and Ohio State are two schools he would like to have the opportunity to visit in the upcoming months, but to date there have been no discussions on this with both programs.
"I would say that Arizona State and UCLA are the two schools I like the most now," Lewerke said. "I'll probably make my decision by late July. I don't know if I will go to ASU's Junior Day because I was just there and I will go to UCLA's in March.
"Having my parents' opinion will be big in my decision. I want to go to a school where I could hopefully start my second year there. It's important to go to a school that really wants to have you there because then they can be more inclined to let you play."
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